Graphical desktop failed to start

David Fletcher dave at
Fri Apr 18 16:37:08 UTC 2014

On Fri, 2014-04-18 at 17:25 +0100, Colin Law wrote:
> On 18 April 2014 16:53, David Fletcher <dave at> wrote:
> > I just booted my computer, and the desktop didn't start, it just left me
> > with a terminal to log in.
> Had you done some upgrades?

Whenever available.

> Did you try re-booting?  Probably you did but you did not say so I have to ask.
> >
> > Logging in as the administrator, I was able to do the update - upgrade,
> > then shutdown -r now, and it rebooted, this time giving me the desktop.
> >
> > If this had happened on a friend's laptop, that I installed with Linux
> > as an upgrade to XP, there'd have been all hell raised. I'd have had to
> > do an 80 mile round trip to try to sort the damned thing out.
> Why could you not just have walked her through the login and update?
> >
> > I'm running Ubuntu 12.04, but she isn't, thank goodness.
> 12.04 is the least likely for this sort of thing to happen with.  What
> is she running?

Mint Maya with Mate.

Its other trick is to not shut down properly, so that I need to hold the
power button in to get the machine to turn off. I thought this kind of
thing ended when windows 95 went EOL.

This same machine always worked perfectly with the previous Ubuntu with
the old desktop, and the old Kubuntu, and....

Sometimes, excessive pressure needs to be vented.


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